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The Greatest Show on Earth

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Idyllic weather made the fall portion of the 43rd Annual Round Top Antiques Fair the most enjoyable in recent history.

One year ago, when Fayette County’s countless tented fields became muddy islands, I witnessed the havoc rain can wreak on 18th- and 19th-century antiques and the brave souls who sell them. This year (even though few dealers seemed satisfied with profits), nearly everyone remained in good spirits, and many (including myslef) were sad when it was all over.

“I’m a bitter queen, and I’ve made, like, 70 amazing new friends here,” one first-timer shared. So true: In this dusty cluster of sleepy towns that excel in the Twin Peaks department, bizarre stories, cinematic characters, and good vibes continually surface.

Surprise highlights from “the show” (as regulars tend to call it) included dealers from as far away as London (selling lithographs at the Old Depot), stylish Japanese tourists (shopping in the Big Red Barn's air-conditioned tents), beer and wine being sold (for the first time on the sprawling grounds of Marburger Farms), and even more success stories from Warrenton’s beloved trio of style-makers.

Last spring, the Junk Gypsies (Janie, Jolie, and Amie Sikes) parked the “saloon on wheels” they’d designed for country star Miranda Lambert in front of their magnetic, temporary shopping destination (complete with an outhouse-cum-photo booth) known as Gypsyville. Right about now, the masterminds behind the Junk-O-Rama Prom (see “The Antiques Freakshow” right here on Snapped) are preparing to make the Eagles feel more at home in Austin. Not only are these adorable Southern gals converting ACL’s Artists’ Lounge into a gypsified Hotel California, they also have a potential reality show in the works.

The spring portion of the 43rd Annual Round Top Antiques Fair begins on March 30 and ends on April 2, 2011.

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